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HEY, SINCE WE’RE ON THE SUBJECT OF BANNING BOOKS

Filed at 1:33 pm under by dcobranchi

There’s a fine line between exercising one’s parental perogatives when one’s child is in a state school and making oneself look like an authoritarian prig. These folks crossed the line, but have just been firmly rebuffed:

The committee was formed to explore whether J.D. Salinger’s 1951 coming-of-age tale is appropriate for freshmen after two Lebanon parents, Andrea and Mike Minnon, objected to its use based on the language and actions of the main character, 16-year-old Holden Caulfield.

The Minnons, whose 14-year-old son, Spencer, is a freshman at Noble, have described the controversial book as trash and Caulfield as a degenerate prep school drop-out who treats women as objects and finds no solutions to the depressive state he finds himself in. The Minnons said part of their effort to pull the book from the curriculum was to have teachers hold students to higher standards.

Reached at home after the opinion was released, Andrea Minnon said she was not surprised by the committee’s decision. “I didn’t feel like they were going to go with my decisions,” said Minnon, who previously home-schooled Spencer and his younger brother. “They’re comfortable with their standards. I’m not comfortable with their standards.”

Ma’am, it would be far too obvious for me to say you made your choice when you sent him back into a system designed to subvert your worldview, so …

You made your choice when you sent him back into a system designed to subvert your worldview.

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